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Assunta, by Titian
Assunta, a famous depiction of
Mary's ascension into heaven, by 16th
century Renaissance master Titian

The Feast of the Assumption is one of the most important feast days of the year and a Holy Day of Obligation on the official Roman Catholic Church calendar.

By tradition, the holy day is observed every August 15th. This year, the Feast of the Assumption occurs on Tuesday, August 15, 2023.

According to Roman Catholic theology, Mary was "assumed body and soul into heavenly glory" several years after her son, Jesus, ascended into heaven. Moreover, the importance of this event in Mary's life is only surpassed by her role in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

For centuries, the moment of Mary's ascension has been depicted in dozens of painting masterpieces and became a central theme in Renaissance art.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the miracle of the Assumption is called the Dormition and also celebrated on August 15. By either name, the day marks Mary's triumph over earthly existence.

Across Mexico, masses are dedicated in her honor, and children take part in Día de la Asunción street processions every August 15th featuring a float with ornate, larger-than-life statue of the Virgin.

In the U.S., the most famous observance of the Feast of the Assumption takes place in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood during an annual street fair featuring a traditional religious procession, Italian foods and pastries, family rides, carnival games and fireworks.

also see in Holidays & Observances -> Feast of the Immaculate Conception

More about the Feast of the Assumption around the Web:

Assumption of Mary
- Catholic Encyclopedia entry with a detailed history of the Catholic church doctrine and related historical references.

Assumption of Mary - Wikipedia - Information on the history and legends behind the Feast of the Assumption with links to official church doctrine, depictions of noted artworks and related resources.

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